2009 Mercedes SLR McLaren 722S Roadster review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 29 September 2008 , 17:09:19 byVeronica

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Mercedes SLR McLaren 722S Roadster

Opening astonishing dimensions when it comes to open-top driving, the new Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster 722 S delivers 650 HP, covering the 0-60 mph in only 3.7 seconds. Its maximum speed reaches 335 km/h, thus surpassing the existing benchmark among open-top super sports cars. Besides the increased power, improved aerodynamics and more dynamic suspension tuning feature the new SLR McLaren Roadster 722 S. Aimed to inspire the most discerning automotive enthusiasts, the new car model is limited to only 150 units, hand-built at the Formula 1 workshops of McLaren in Woking, England. It also provides high levels of safety together with extremely high torsional strength. Its name recalls the historic victory won at the classic Mille Miglia long-distance race in 1955 by British motor-racing legend Stirling Moss and his co-driver Dennis Jenkinson, in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR with the starting number 722. Its five-speed automatic transmission was designed for high performance and was developed by Mercedes-Benz. The suspension features stiffer spring and shock absorber configurations, thus lowering the body by 10 millimetres at the front and rear. Impressive deceleration figures are ensured by red-painted brake callipers on the highly-resistant carbon-fibre/ceramic brake discs. Blending harmoniously into the flowing lines of the roadster, the fully recessible fabric soft top is another outstanding quality of the 722 S. Favourable aeroacoustics make the conversation possible during open-air journeys even at over 200 km/h. Ten seconds are necessary for the soft top to open and close, beautifully combining comfort expectations with the purist nature of the roadster. The greatest possible downforce on the rear axle is ensured by an airbrake integrated into the boot lid, an enclosed underbody and a diffusor in the rear bumper. Unique carbon-fibre crash structures, steel-reinforced A-pillars and two fixed rollover bars provide a high level of safety. A navigation system with an integrated radio and CD player, a multifunction sports steering wheel with shift paddles, a high-quality BOSE Premium sound system and two-zone automatic climate control, represent exclusive appointments.